Sustainability Pays Dividends Importance of ‘Soft’ Technology for China

China’s geographical structure, ecological foundation, and intensity of human activity show relative fragility when compared to other large countries. As such, enormous “stress” is being placed on China’s natural environment as the country continues to develop. China already has the highest intensity of human activity in the world. In considering how best to develop Western China, a sustainable path must be adopted in order to minimize threats to the natural environment and to address the problem of rural poverty, which is often tied to ecosystems damage.